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Bildad: God Restores the Righteous

Then Bildad the Shuhite answered and said:

“How long will you say these things?
    The words of your mouth are like a mighty wind.
Does God pervert justice?
    Does Shaddai pervert justice?
If your children sinned against Him,
    He handed them over to their rebellion.
If you would seek God
    and plead with Shaddai,
if you are pure and upright,
    even now He will awaken for you
    and restore your righteous abode.
And though your beginning was small,
    your future would flourish.

Now ask the previous generation;
    consider the findings of their fathers;
for we were born yesterday
    and know nothing,
    and our days on earth are but a shadow.
10 Will they not teach you and tell you?
    Will they not bring forth words from their hearts?

11 “Can papyrus grow tall without a marsh?
    Can reeds flourish without water?
12 When still in bloom and uncut,
    it withers more quickly than other grass.
13 Such are the ways of all who forget God;
    the hope of the godless perishes—
14 whose confidence is snapped off,
    his trust is a spider’s web.
15 He leans against his house but it does not stand,
He holds fast to it, but it does not hold up.
16 He is a well-watered plant in the sun,
spreading his shoots over his garden;
17 he entwines his roots around a heap of stones,
and looks for a place between the rocks.
18 If he is uprooted from his place,
    it denies him saying, ‘I never saw you.’
19 Such is his joyous course,
    and from the earth others spring up.
20 Surely God does not spurn the blameless
    or strengthen the hand of evildoers.
21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
    and your lips with shouts of joy.
22 Those who hate you will be clothed with shame.
The tent of the wicked will be no more!”